Get outdoors for the long weekend!

With temperatures dropping and layers increasing, it can be hard to enjoy being outdoors during the winter months.

One thing that might make the cold weather easier to deal with is knowing that the Queen’s Birthday is coming up, meaning a day off work and the opportunity to get outside and enjoy some winter-related activities. Thanks Liz!

We get it – all you really want to do during winter is sit by the heater, wrap yourself in your warmest blanket, enjoy a hot cup of tea and put on your favourite movie.

It’s not usually the time of year where you’ll find yourself wanting to be outdoors.

Fortunately for you, we’ve scoured the furthest reaches of the Internet in the hope of finding enjoyable outdoor activities for you this long weekend.

Strap your skates on

Glenelg’s Winter Wonderland is a great place to take the kids on a cold night.

Located under a domed marquee at Moseley Square, the Winter Wonderland offers ice-skating and tobogganing every day, with late night sessions on Friday and Saturday.

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Get back to nature

One of the great things about Adelaide is the beautiful scenery located on its doorstep.

A short 20-minute drive east of the city will take you to the Morialta Conservation Park, where you can tackle some of the state’s most picturesque walking trails.

Walk times range from 45 minutes to three and a half hours, meaning there’s a trail for everyone.

With creeks to explore and rocks to climb on, even the kids will enjoy this – but be prepared for them to get wet feet!

Have a whale of a time

If you’re interested in witnessing some of the ocean’s most majestic creatures in their natural habitat, head down to Victor Harbor for an afternoon of whale watching.

Only an hour’s drive from the city, Victor Harbor’s Encounter Bay sees hundreds of whales converge as part of their annual breeding cycle.

The whale-watching season begins in mid-May, and usually lasts until October.

This long weekend could be the perfect opportunity to pack up the family and get down to Victor Harbor for a couple of nights.

Get away for a few days

If a longer holiday is more your cup of tea, why not head up to the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park?

Located about 450 kilometres north of Adelaide, the park could be the perfect getaway for a long weekend during the colder months.

You can experience ancient Aboriginal rock engravings, historic pastoral settlements and the ruins of an old copper mining town.

There are also heaps of great camping spots in that area, with beautiful mountain views and intimate woodland sites to choose from.

Remember to pack a jacket though, as the nights are freezing!

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Enjoy a few sneaky glasses of wine

South Australia is home to four world-renowned wine regions: McLaren Vale, the Barossa Valley, the Adelaide Hills and the Clare Valley.

Head to any of these regions and enjoy some of the best wineries the state has to offer.

All of them offer beautiful scenic views and most offer mouth-watering lunch menus that will get your tastebuds tingling.

You also have the option to book a tour bus for the day if you’re keen on having a few extra glasses of wine, meaning you can grab your mates and enjoy the day as a group.

Rug up and get tasting!

Regardless of the weather, South Australia offers plenty for you to get out and enjoy this long weekend.

Get outside and enjoy yourself!

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